Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Yes, I'm still here

Crocheted this christmas tree for the local library where I work as a relief library assistant, we have no spare plug sockets for a tree with lights. Its 7" high, and the lights are hama beads I also made some cranfords from the leftovers from my crochet jacket, these are too small for me but are now keeping a friends hands warm

These are 2 more strips I made for 'stitches on the bridge'

The scarf above is stolen moments
and I'm sure you all recognise clapotis.
I dont think I will manage to finish 12 sweaters this year, I've finished 4 more (photos soon) and have the sleeves to do on no 11 but been sidetracked by other knitting. I still have 10 more sweaters than I did this time last year (and my mum got one too). I still have plans to knit more sweaters next year but found being tied to one type of project too stifling.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Halfway through Nakniswemodo

Dont know if you remember back to the start of the year, but I set myself the challenge of making 12 sweaters this year, as part of the nakniswemodo (knit a sweater a month dodecathon) group on ravelry, the only rule being they had to be adult sized.I've now passed the halfway mark, this is a crochet cardi for me crocheted in Yarnyarn lochan, I got the main colour at woolfest last year and the purple contrast this year, the pattern is an old one from Me magazine (late 80's or early 90's) which was a jumper, I've adapted it to a cardi.

Sweater no 7, 8 and 9 are all on the needles and now the baby stuff is all finished (for now) I might manage to actually finish all 12 by the end of December

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Bakewell tarts and skye bridge scarf

Crocheted these bakewell tarts for Rhymetime in Fort William library to use with the song '5 currant buns in a bakers shop'. They were used for the first time last week, the toddlers loved them so much that some tried to eat them.
This is a Broomstick crochet scarf for the stitches on the bridge project on Skye, I did a panel measuring 26cm x 200cm, hoping to go over to Skye for the day when all the panels are on the bridge, they will be up from 22nd to 26th October if anyones interested.

Friday, 14 August 2009

A to Z

Knitted this Alphabet blanket for my niece's bump, its due next month.
Also knitted this blanket buddy for the bump.
and crocheted this sun hat for a friends wee girl, she liked it so much she wore it Sunday and Monday even though there was no sun.

Not much knitting done this week as I have been helping with the Kilmallie free church holiday club doing crafts, the craft theme was the armour of God so plenty of swords, shields etc. We had around 100 kids each day who all seemed to have a great time.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Mums belated birthday present

Knitted in James C Brett marble, for my Mums Birthday. Made up pattern myself, based on various modular knitting techniques. Front view
Back view

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

baby bits and socks

Knitted this travel blanket and hat for my niece, she's having a baby boy in september, pattern is Sejia set from the happy hooker, yarn is James C Brett marble, shade MT2

Alos knitted more socks for my stepmup and stepniece. The top ones are knitted from the yarn I dyed with koolaid at Skipnorth , basic sock pattern, the bottom ones are knitted in Regia Kaffe Fasset mirage, shade earth and the pattern is Cafe Curtains

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Rainbow Girls and tour de fleece

Been taking part in the Tour de Fleece over on Ravelry to coincide with the Tour de France
The fleece was the blue bag I got from Woolfest, its coming out at 20 WPI, it will probably be a shawl when its all spun.
I also made these wee dolls for the last day of Sunday school for me class of 3-5 yr olds. They all loved them, some were even named before church had finished.

The patterns Rainbow babies, a free pattern from Jean Greenhowes site, I adapted it to add a skirt, made the heads smaller and added hair.

Been busy knitting , I've nearly finished my 5th sweater of the year, just got to sew on buttons, and am now busy knitting baby stuff as my niece is having a baby in september.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Woolfest 09

Just spent 2 1/2 days in Cockermouth at Woolfest, helping Wyesue and Ambermoggie on the Kindred Knitters stall. Ambermoggie and Mr Mog had made shawls and swifts with profits going to charity, Wye sue had leaflets about shadow knitting and mitred squares with a donation to charity for the leaflet and there was a competition to guess the weight of a bear, with a skein of Laalbears laceweight as prize. £150 was raised, split equally betweem Medicine Sans Frontiers, sheep for Africa(woolfests chosen charity) and Ambermoggies local hospice.
I saw loads of people from blogland/ravelry, it was great to meet up with familiar faces and to meet new people and put faces to names too. Not going to mention everyone I saw as I know I will forget someone, but it you saw a plump person with greying curly hair, talking quickly in a Yorkshire accent on the Kindred knitters stall it was probably me.

Despite being on the stall for most of the time, I still found time to shop.
The black at the back is 5 balls of DK weight merino, the blue skein is Yarnyard toddy, the blue ball is sock yarn, the pale purple is Yarnyard Lochan, the dark purple is Knitwitches laceweight and the pinks is 200g of knitwitches cashmere/merino.
I also got fibre, a spindle and other oddments
The fibre is a bag of blue oddments from winghams, spindle is from
Whorl drop spindle, The big stick is a broomstick for broomstick crochet , bag is from ambermoggie and theres a sock keyring and some crochet hooks there too.

At the end of Saturday Wyesue and Ambermoggie both gave me things as a thankyou for helping out so much.

This is 2 skeins of Sues handspun, one with fish in it the other with bells, I think the fish one will become a bag (along with other yarn) the bells will either be part of a hat or a shawl edging.Ambermoggie gave me one of her lovely shawls, I'm sure I will get plenty of use out of it up here. Now hoping for this heatwave to end so I can snuggle into it.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Been busy

Computer went on the blink last month so it was away getting fixed but I have been busy knitting, here are my latest finished projects. Socks for my husband knitted in the Yarnyard sock wool I got last year at woolfest.

A hottie cover for my mum for mothers day, got the wol for this at the SECC craft show, its new lanark DK

Eerie from Rowan 43, in Kidsilk Spray, this was being knited into a spiders web shawl last year, but didnt like the way the yarn and pattern worked so frogged it and knitted it into this. It took just under 4 balls so very light to wear.

This is MS4 that I did the first half of last year, got the second half finished last month and grafted it when we were at my mums in the holidays (thats my mum doing the modelling)

This is a crochet hat I did on the train when I went down to glasgow for the SECC craft show, its adult sized but fits my son too so very versatile.

and just finished Hey Teach (from Knitty) in washed haze aran, this took 6 days from start to finish.

Now I'm dithering what to knit next so swatching for 3 different jumpers.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

back from Skipnorth 09

I spent the weekend in Haworth at Skipnorth, with a large group of knitters. I went via Texere in Bradford and got this.

Its James C Brett Kool cotton, a ball of dishcloth cotton and 2 circular needles.
On the Friday at skipnorth we did workshops.

I dyed 2 skeins of yarn using Koolaid and also did some modular knitting.
Later on there was a yarn swap with donations to p/hop too. I got this.
I'm going to make a top for my friends wee girl out of this.
On Saturday we got on 2 coaches and went yarn shopping. First stop was coldspring mill just outside Haworth.
I got 900g of this yarn (3 skeins) so there should be enough to make a cardi or 2. It was £2 a skein but no label, though at that price I'm guessing its a high acrylic content.
Next stop was the Skep and a haberdashery shop in Leeds.
I got 4 balls of the blue/purple sock yarn, it will become a stole or cardi, a ball of the bright sock yarn and 5 balls of mohair.
After all this we went to the KCG just outside Holmfirth, we got to see examples of knitting from the early 1900's and then were let loose on the 1p a gram yarn mountain. I was very restrained and just got this.

Its 5 x 25g balls of 2ply pure new wool in a light grey shade, enough for a shawl.

That night I improved my spindling and learnt to andean ply,

This is my first plyed skein of yarn , its somewhere between DK and Aran in thickness.

On sunday we went to Winghams and boosted by my spinning I got some fibre, so now I have a fibre stash as well as a yarn stash.

The grey and black is merino, the aim is to spin it and knit a scarf and gloves in grey with a black edging.

The blue is a wee sample of merino silk blend, I got it so I can see how different it looks when spun and plied, it will probably look a lot different.

The stash is all safely stowed away at home now, I reckon theres enough here to keep me going until woolfest at least.

Skipnorth was great, it was lovely to meet loads of knitters and pick up hints and tips, a big thanks to Lixie and Nic for organising it all.

Saturday, 28 February 2009

finally got some blocking done.

Finished Secret of the Stole III last autumn, finally got round to blocking it now, this was knitted in Lane Borgosia, shade denim, with seed beeds throughout the pattern

I also blocked the Goddess knits anniversary shawl which was finished just before the new year. I chose clue 1A, 2B, 3C and 4D

I have also been knitting Mystery stole 4 which I started last year, now only got 20 rows of clue 6 to knit plus the 2 sides to graft together,

Saturday, 21 February 2009

rip it out and start again

I started knitting the half spider shawl from VLT last summer,

I had knitted 2 1/2 balls of the Kidsilk night when I realised I wasnt too sure about this shawl worked in KSH so I decided to frog it.

I decided last night to cast on the frogged KSH, I am now knitting Eerie (rav link)from Rowan 43.

This week the Angel Yarns forum which I posted on regularly was taken down without warning. 2 members of the forum (Traxia and Zyle) have done great work getting a new forum up and running for all us displaced angels, its now called Pheonix knitting forum, hopefully all the AY members will find their way over there.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Blurry Jumper

This is 'to dye for' from the first stitch and bitch book, called blurry because its knitted in Sirdar Blur , (used 2 1/2 balls) and not because I'm having a dig at my sons photography skills.
This is my secend Nakniswemodo jumper, now dithering what to cast on next so working on MS4 from last year and socks for DH while I decide.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Knitting meme

This is the first ever meme I've done, Saw it on Kate's, Kai's and Fiona's blogs and thought it a good idea.
You need to mark with bold the things you have done, mark the ones you plan to do sometime in italics, and leave the rest.
American/English knitting
Baby items
Cable stitch patterns
Charity knitting
Combination knitting
Continental knitting
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm-warmers
Designing knitted garments
Domino knitting
Drop stitch patterns
Dyeing spinning fiber
Dyeing with plant colors
Dying yarn
Fair Isle knitting
Free-form knitting
Garter stitch
Graffiti knitting
Hair accessories
Hats: Cuff-up
Hats: Top-down
Holiday related knitting
Household items
Kitchener stitch
Knitted flowers
Knitting a gift
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting art
Knitting for a living
Knitting for pets
Knitting for preemies
Knitting in public
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting on a loom
Knitting smocking - have ribbed then smocked, but never knitted it in
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting to make money
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with alpaca
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Knitting with beads
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting with dpns
Knitting with linen
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with silk
Knitting with someone else’s hand-spun yarn
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Knitting with wool
Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn
Lace patterns
Long Tail CO
Machine knitting
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Moebius band knitting
Norwegian knitting
Participate in an exchange
Participating in a KAL
Publishing a knitting book
Short rows
Slip stitch patterns
Socks: toe-up
Socks: top-down
Stockinette stitch
Stuffed toys
Teaching a child to knit
Teaching a male how to knit
Textured knitting
Thrummed knitting
Toy/doll clothing
Tubular CO
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting
Writing a pattern

Even tough theres a lot of bold things there, some of them I have only done once or twice, or tried and not bothered with again.

What I hope to learn this year is to spin, knit something from my hand spun, have a go at dyeing and to design my own pattern and write it down. I have designed a pattern before but that was a garter stitch tank top for my teddy when I was 7.

Friday, 6 February 2009

1st jumper of 2009

I finished my first sweater of 2009, I'm hoping to knit 12 this year so need to knit a bit quicker I think, Its the mitered jacket from knitsimple Fall o7, but with Wendy fusion Subbed for noro Kureyon. It reminds me a bit of a faded denim jacket.
and I also finished the socks for my stepmum.

We had our first decent snowfall of the week today too so my older son built this snowman.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

knitting progress

I'd forgotten how long knitting a sweater takes, heres progress so far.

The pattern is mitered cardigan from knitsimple fall 2007, knitted with Wendy fusion instead of Noro kureyon, mainly because the fusions machine washable (and I got it on sale from Kemps), the shade is White pepper, just got to finish the second sleeve and the front, and stop getting distracted by socksThese are for my stepmum, the yarn is opal rainforest, just doing plain socks so good TV knitting.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Belated happy new year

Hope this year is going well for you all so far, our family have been succumbing to the usual round of sniffles which my younger son very gererously brings home from school to share with us, but it hasnt stopped the knitting.

I've joined in the 24 in 2009 challenge on the Crafty threads and yarn forum, here are my first two items.

Socks for my stepniece knitted in the leftover opal rainforest from my ravelympic socks with a wee bit of neon on one toe as I ran out of yarn
and crochet dishcloths using the patterns in '200 crochet blocks' by Jan Eaton.
I have also joined NaKniSweMoDo on Ravelry where you aim to knit a sweater a month. I am 3/4 of the way through my first one, a mitered sweater in Wendy Fusion but no pics as camera batteries have died.
I'm on stashalong again too so hopefully my stash should be much reduced at the end of this year though I am hoping to add to it at Skipnorth. I'd better get knitting now to make some space.